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Can't Access Apps

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    Can't Access Apps


    I just installed Windows 8 and I can't access any of my applications. What gives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by example View Post
    I just installed Windows 8 and I can't access any of my applications. What gives?
    What Apps?
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    Windows 8


    I cannot get the tiles to work. I click on them and they come up on full screen. The nothing happens and Windows 8 Consumer Preview goes right back to the Start Screen. How can I get the tiles to work?
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    microsft windows


    good luck in getting this answered. i have the same problem and 1. have not been able to fix and 2. have not received an answer on it.
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    I had this problem also. For me it was related to the UAC settings. I believe that you need use your Windows Live account to sign into Windows 8 or the Apps in Metro won't work so that is the first consideration. Turning off UAC can also cause this problem but not in my case. Read on for more information about this problem.

    I set my UAC to off right after I installed Windows 8, the Apps all opened and stayed open for me however, when I turned UAC back on again most of the Apps would not open correctly and it would go right back to the Metro start screen. Nothing I did after that point would fix the problem. Turning UAC back off did not help. Others said that just having UAC off was enough to cause this problem but that wasn't the case for me.

    Luckily I created a system image last week using Windows 7 file recovery in the control panel. I used that image to go back to before the problem started and the Apps were fixed, apparently this is yet another Windows 8 bug.

    Lesson learned, do not mess with UAC once you have turned it off because if you turn it back on there is a good chance the Apps will not work again.

    There are various complaints about this obvious BUG all over the internet with no clear resolution. Some say that creating another User account and switching back and forth deleting the old Admin account and a bunch of other screwy stuff, way too much of a hassle and likely to cause even more problems,...no thanks. Using a system image and not touching UAC again was the only way to fix this problem for me.

    I have tested this three different times and it did the exact same thing each time. No more messing with UAC for me.
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    This is hilarious. Not only do I have to put up with the Metro start screen but I can no longer run any of the built in APPS! I have completely disabled UAC and now (only) my Metro default apps will not run. So much for user choice.
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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    One other thing to consider, if you're using a third-party firewall, unless your rules allow for all outbound connections, you'll be blocking most of the system processes required for Metro application connectivity.
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  8. #8


    Europe
    Posts : 41
    Win 7/Win 8/Android x86/iOS/OS X


    Most of the possible causes are addressed above (UAC off, Firewall etc.). Some other issues are Nero, Avast or an upgrade over Windows 7.

    Sometimes a PC refresh helps.

    If DCOM errors are reported in event manager, a registry hack is required. I wrote a few days an article, facing all this issues - it will be found in [1] - but still in German (so Google translate will be helpful).

    1: Windows 8: Metro-Apps starten nicht Borns IT- und Windows-Blog
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